Wall Street Journal
Finally, making an overseas phone callwill cost less than your actual cell phone.Although international landline, domesticlandline, and cell-phone rates havedropped over the years—the averageinternational landline call cost $0.52 in2000 compared with only $0.20 in 2003—international rates for cell phones haveremained high, despite the demand.According to the ,Americans in 2003 chatted for over 2 billionminutes to international callers, up36% from 2002. Now providers such asVerizon Wireless and T-Mobile offer discountedinternational calling packages inaddition to their standard plans, whichcharge extra for expensive internationalcalls without an international subscription.For only $3.99 per month, Verizon Wirelessoffers rates that start at $0.09 per minuteto over 100 countries within their networkthrough their International Long DistanceValue Plan, saving cost-conscious consumersover 55% per minute plus standardairtime. T-Mobile offers unlimited callplans north and south of US borders for anadditional $4.99 per month plus $0.05 perminute to Mexico and $0.09 per minute toCanada. With such substantial discountsfor international rates, now you have noexcuse not to call your or .